Publication Ethics

Role and Duties of the Journal Owner

                The ASEAN Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine (ASEAN J Rehabil Med) is owned and sponsored by the Thai Rehabilitation Medicine Association (TRMA) in conjunction with the Royal College of Physiatrists of Thailand (RCPhysiatrT) whose aim is to make the journal be a regional and qualified medical journal publishing a quality research articles relevant to the field of rehabilitation medicine. Therefore, the editor, the editorial and the advisory committee, as well as reviewers and authors should follow the ethical guidelines of a peer reviewed medical journal as follows, based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (, and the Ethical Guidelines for Journal Publication of Elsevier (

                The executive committees of the TRMA and the RCPhysiatrT regularly monitor the editor’s performance during the executive meetings, and would only dismiss the editor for some substantial reasons such as scientific misconduct, inadequate performance and inappropriate behavior. It is a policy that advertisement of any sponsor supporting the journal could be only on the back cover of the printed journal.


Roles and Duties of Editor

                The chief editor is guided by the policies of the Executive committees of the TRMA and of the RCPhysiatrT, and regularly report the Journal progress and relevant issues at the executive meeting and at the annual general meeting.

                The chief editor has a responsibility in selecting quality manuscripts to be published.

                The chief editor shall delegate decision making to one of associate editors when a research manuscript has written by the editor or by colleagues.

The chief editor uses the journal electronic submission for all journal communications, checks plagiarism and copyright infringement to ensure that transparency is practiced.

                The chief editor shall select two suitable reviewers, one from the editorial board and one external reviewer, who have expertise in the relevant field of the submitted article, and do not have a conflict of interest to ensure that a peer review process is fair and unbiased.

                The editor shall protect the confidentiality of all materials submitted to the journal and all communications with reviewers and authors; and also protect reviewers’ identities as the journal process of peer review is double-blinded.

                The editor shall promptly respond to any notification from the authors or a third party about significant error found in any published articles in the journal.

Any other compliant regarding publication processes can be sent to the editor.

The editor shall regularly review any misconduct relating to research, publication, reviewer and editorial; report evidence of misconduct to the executive committee of the TRMA and the RCPhysiatrT; and promptly make an appropriate action such as correction of the mistake, retraction of the publication.


Roles and Duties of Reviewers

                All invited internal and external reviewers shall be informed to follow the journal policy of publishing quality medical research, innovation and review articles as well as interesting case report and case series through a peer review which is a critical assessment of manuscripts submitted to the journal aiming to help authors and the editor improve the quality of publication.

                The invited reviewers have the right to accept or decline the invitation. If there is a conflict, one should decline the invitation. If one accepts to be a peer reviewer, one should critically assess the manuscript (by using the journal criteria for review) without any personal bias, and submit the review with constructive comments and within the timeframe.

The invited reviewers should not suggest the authors to include the reviewers’ works to increase the reviewers’ citation count, but can do only for a genuine scientific reason.

The invited reviewers shall treat all reviewed documents/materials confidential, and not directly contact the authors, unless the editor gives permission.

                The invited reviewers must not use a submitted manuscript and its unpublished materials disclosed in their own research without a written consent of the authors; are asked to destroy paper copies of manuscripts, and delete electronic copies after submitting their reviews.

                The invited reviewers shall be asked for permission when the editor considers sharing reviewers’ comments with co-reviewers of the same paper to enhance learning from each other.


Roles and Duties of Authors

Authors should follow the journal formats when preparing a manuscript and presenting with accurate data, sufficient details and references, and correct interpretation without bias. Inaccurate statements are unacceptable and unethical.

                Authors should be aware of plagiarism of another’s work and self-plagiarism of one own works which is unethical and not acceptable. Works and/or words of others should be appropriately cited or quoted, and received permission when necessary.

                Authors should concern of authorship which is limited to those who have made a significant contribution to conception, design, execution, interpretation, writing and approval of the manuscript. Only those with substantial contributions should be listed as co-authors; and others including research funder/supporters should be acknowledged in the acknowledgement section.

                Authors should disclose any potential conflict of interest, financial and personal relationships with others that could be viewed as an inappropriate influence to the submitted work in the disclosure section.

Authors should write a cover letter to the editor confirming that the submitted manuscript is original and has not been published in or submitted to another journal.

A corresponding author should be responsible for online-submission, making a revision according to suggestions from peer reviewers and communications with the editor during and after the publication processes, and promptly respond to the editorial queries.

Authors should promptly notify a significant error or inaccuracy found in their published article to the editor so that the editor could do whatever necessary such as correction, retraction of such article.

Authors should contact the editor and/or the president of the TRMA/RCPhysiatrT to appeal against editorial decision.



The recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

The Ethical Guidelines for Journal Publication